Biden called Shontel Brown to congratulate her after Ohio primary win

Biden called Shontel Brown to congratulate her after Ohio primary win
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President BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE called Shontel Brown on Tuesday evening to congratulate her after she won the Democratic primary to fill the Ohio congressional seat vacated by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeBiden administration launches new national initiative to fight homelessness Sanders goes back to 2016 playbook to sell .5T budget Activists detail legal fight against HUD for Philadelphia housing MORE.

Biden called Brown and “extended his congratulations to her,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden does not plan to shield Trump docs in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Watch live: Psaki, Homeland Secretary Mayorkas hold press briefing MORE told reporters at a briefing Wednesday afternoon.

“He is focused on delivering for the people of Ohio and across the country, as is she. We know his agenda, including investing in our country’s infrastructure, helping grow our economy, creating good-paying, middle class jobs is broadly popular with the American people,” Psaki continued. “He is laser-focused on delivering. More Democrats means more ability to deliver on that.”

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Brown, the Democratic Party chair in Cuyahoga County, defeated progressive firebrand and former state Sen. Nina Turner in the primary for Ohio’s deep-blue 11th Congressional District. Brown's victory was a major win for the Democratic establishment and blow to the progressive movement, and her primary triumph essentially guarantees she will be elected to replace Fudge in the general election.

Biden didn’t endorse a candidate in the race, however, Brown used her campaign to paint herself as an ally to Biden.

The race demonstrates divisions within the Democratic Party, with House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) and other establishment figures campaigning for Brown while progressives leaders such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn Washington, the road almost never taken Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (I-Vt.) stumped for Turner. There were 13 candidates in the race but Brown and Turner were the clear front-runners.

Brown was leading Turner 51 percent to 44 percent when The Associated Press called the race Tuesday night.